One of the things I like about this series is the fact that I could go away for a quarter of a year and still be able to catch up to the series in under an hour. The fact that Saki moves at the pace of a particularly lazy snail is something to be expected by now. Still I do admit , its freaking useful especially when I went MIA for a good chunk of the year.
Anyway, if the title of this post didn’t clue you in. I’m going to be talking about the incoming “Battle for the Fifth Place”
So spoilers galore for anime only viewers.
Continue only if you want to be spoiled.
The end of the Semifinals Side-B went by in a flash. I meant that literally and metaphorically, the last three hands is literally Nelly won. The end.
….Which is probably best, now that I think about it.
Ritz needs that match to end with Rinkai and by extension Nelly dominating. Its to set-up, Kiyosumi’s crisis and to build up the opponents for the finals. More information at this stage is going to poke holes at that mystique. To be honest,what information we have like the last hand end state is very suspicious already for me. But, I’ll reserve that comment when I make a match analysis. (Whenever that might be)
But, perhaps, more interesting. to the fanbase eternal gratitude
WE ARE FINALLY GOING TO HAVE THE FINAL MATCH! AFTER SOMETHING LIKE A DECADE, THERE IS A CHANCE THAT TERU AND SAKI WILL HAVE A PANEL TOGETHER!
Then, chapter 154 happened and the bomb dropped.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN THAT THERE IS MATCH FOR FIFTH PLACE!!!
<sobs quietly in the corner somewhere>
You have discovered a secret level!
Its like the time when you are near the corridor of the final boss and you decide to poke your head into a side tunnel, then you get warped into a brand new room.
How did that happen?
Because frankly, while its reasonable to make a match for fifth place. There is no time for that match to happen. We’ve already constructed a nice timeline ages ago and there is no extra day between the Semifinal Side-B and the Finals itself.
Fortunately, for us, Ritz dotted her i’s and crossed her t’s on this one. Which gives me hope that this isn’t just a shoehorned tournament to extend the life of Saki. But, something that is tangibly related to the main plot.
Some facts about the match for fifth place.
- It will only be 1 hanchan for each round.
- It will last way into noon at the very least.
- It will happen at the same day as the Finals match.
So far those facts check out.
We know that a typical Team Match takes the whole day. And if some rounds are longer, the captain round could break into the evening. So half a team match should last until noon. But, like Hisa said and from someone who have designed a few tournaments myself. It makes more sense to make the match for the fifth place a full day in the first place.
So, the big question, why did Ritz design the whole tournament like this?
In games, secret levels are like an extra something. Sometimes, its purely cosmetic fun. At other times, its just some extra information on the setting. But, there are certain games mostly RPG, where the secret levels are the key to the plot. Like you can only unlock the perfect ending if you did the secret level type of importance. (I’m looking at you Suikoden.)
So how does the recently unlocked secret level of Saki compare?
- Lore and Setting exploration.
Well, exploring more teams isn’t wrong.
And Himematsu vs. Senriyama would at least be interesting in a personal connection level. I meant both teams are in the same region. Himematsu’s two starting members is the daughter of Senriyama’s coach. Senriyama’s data gatherer and Vice-Captain is their cousin.
And last chapter has Kyouko connecting with Ryouka. And they also drop hints that Hiroe know Sera. Most importantly, these two are going head to head so that would be fun to see.
It would also be nice to know the effects of the semifinal match. Toki was admitted to the hospital and I don’t know if Ryouka’s new power is per match or something. On the other side, Uzusan’s captain have lost some gods, so she’s also running with limited ammo. So there is that.
And perhaps the most important reason of them all.
- RITZ REALLY REALLY WANT THE CAPTAIN MATCH TO BE PERFECT
Remember, the “Battle for Fifth Place” is happening at the same time as the Finals. It will most likely end somewhere at noon. Since, the Finals itself isn’t going to be magically shorter, then this means that a good half of the final match is going to end up in the evening. Eyeballing it, the captain match is going to end up somewhere from 10 p.m to 1:00 a.m.
Which is the perfect time for the stars to be out. lol
Yeah, Ritz is really really going out from a motif point of view.
I meant with this set-up, a good portion of the finals and specifically the captain is going to be played metaphorically at the top of the mountain (Just look at that hilariously decked stage and tell me if that doesn’t evoke a mountain) and now due to the fifth place matches, its going to end up under the stars.
This could all just be Ritz setting up the atmosphere. But, to be honest, I would not be surprised if this isn’t a plot point or something. I meant its not like there isn’t any player who might be connected to a heavenly body seen only at night. *cough* Awai *cough* And heck, its not like there are no precedent like the phase of the moon affecting a player’s superpower or something. *cough* Koromo *cough*
Now, we only have a monsoon or something being announced at the day of the finals and everything would be complete. lol
I was a bit focused on the captain match and I forgot that Teru has a sun motif. And the Vanguard match is more than likely going to happen at noon….which is the time where the sun is at its highest.
lol. Poor other players if this speculation proved true. ^^